Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen | Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier WeizenAecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Germany
schlenkerla.de

Style: Rauchbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Schlenkerla Smokebeer Wheat is an ale with light smoky aroma. As Bavarian wheat beers, it is being brewed with a mixture of both barley malt and wheat malt. The portion of barley malt is hereby a classic Schlenkerla smokemalt, while the wheat malt remains unsmoked. Served unfiltered with its natural haziness, Schlenkerla Wheat reaches its full aroma through bottle fermentation with fine top fermenting yeast.

Added by taez555 on 07-23-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
432
Ratings:
768
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
13.81%
 
 
Wants:
39
Gots:
68
For Trade:
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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from .5L bottle to my big glass mug is a surprisingly lighter then I expected amber liquid. Nice looking carbonation also. The head is off white and rocky.

The smell is smoked stuff, not burnt just smoked.

The taste of light smoked meats and fish, nice sweet malt and grains.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, this is done well.

Drinkability, not bad. I would like a smoked beer to be heavier, all though this is not a bad example of what the style should be. Prost und Zum Wohl! MK

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Photo of dgallina
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml brown bottle without freshness dating.

Poured clouded medium tan with very large off-white head and thick sticky lace. Balance of wood smoke and sweet malt aromas in the nose. Flavor is well-integrated throughout; wheat creaminess up front is overtaken by smoky (almost fatty) wood in the middle. Finishes with a lasting aftertaste of dry blended smoke and wheat. Medium body with fairly big carbonation.

A unusual and satisfying beer, though not something I'd drink in quantity due to the heavily smoked character.

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Photo of Mechphisto
1.53/5  rDev -60.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Wow, this was a shocker of a beer!
I shouldn't have been surprised, it says "Schlenkerla Smokebeer" right on the bottle. But I'd never had a smoke-beer before, so hey.

Nice pour; nice dark amber. The proper shade of amber in my opinion.
A tan/beige head, pretty tall, but goes down to a nice lacing reasonably quick.

But then the smell. A highly pungent smell of smoked bacon. Orange smoked bacon.

The taste was no better. A sour taste of smoked apricot. I can see why some people would like this, but I sure couldn't hack it.

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Photo of Brian700
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I opened this one at a buddies house and passed it around. It came back to me real quick. Rookie palates I guess. This one pours a brown with an off-white head that leaves some pretty good lacing.

The aroma is super smoky. Makes me think of sausage, bratwurst, bacon and the like.

The flavor is a nice capture of the beachwood smoke with some wheat zing to it. It's very interesting. I just tried the Marzen and the Urbock a few days ago and it's interesting to see how these three different beers can be tied together with one main ingredient. They all have that heavy smoke flavor but all stand on their own with in seperate categories.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

I think this is a very drinkable beer. I'm in love with the rauchbiers lately.

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Photo of KyleVick4
3.08/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

1 pint 9 oz bottle

A: A murky brownish color, not very pleasing but has a wonderful three finger head and beautiful lacing down the glass. The liquid is very bubbly and only negatives are its old fashioned cloudyness.

S: Smoked sausage. Wow. Very very smoky. Not very complex of an aroma due to the overwhelming smokiness. Tough to really find anything else...

T: I was expecting smoke, but the flavor was tactfully hidden until the aftertaste. Tastes very dry and clove like. Does a good job resembling a hefe. Near the end of the sip the smokyness comes through and lasts on the palate. Not a bad taste, I like how the smoke lingers but does not overpower.

M: OK here we have a problem. Way to carbonated, almost fierce. The body is not heavy but the liquid feels dry and thick. Syrupy mouthfeel accompanies the heavy carbonation poorly.

D: Meh, I dont know. I wont buy this beer alone again. I think it would be pretty good at a barbque etc. But not a daily drinker for sure. I do find myself enjoying the uniquity of this beer, but that does not mean I necissarily like it...

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Photo of Sigmund
2.13/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

500 ml bottle, bought at KaDeWe, Berlin. With the Ae S Märzen’s overpowering aroma of smoked sausages in mind, I opened the Weizen with trembling anticipation and fear. The beer is murky brown, and pours with an enormous greyish off-white head. Intense aroma of smoked pork / uncooked bacon, which nearly overpowers the normal hefe elements (cloves and banana) that are faintly present in the background. Flavour has some uncooked bacon notes too, but they are not as overpowering as in the aroma. Fairly smooth to drink, but let’s face it: smoked pork is not what I want to smell nor taste in a beer. Sorry!

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Photo of crwills
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is probably the 'weirdest' beer I've tried so far. The combination of styles is fascinating, although not something I'd want to have on a regular basis.

Poured into a pint glass. An opaque but light brown, with a big foamy head (much more than I thought, had a bit of overflow). Orange highlights when held up to the light.

Aroma is charred malt, super smokey, campfire, and good back bacon.

Taste is... well, it tastes like drinking a weizenbock over a smoldering campfire. This Aecht Schenkerla Rauchbier, however, is not nearly as complex and 'meaty' as the Marzen... smokier, definitely, and the wheat is definitely noticeable. But it just doesn't go as well with roasted/smoked meats and barbecue as it's sister beer.

Anyway, decent mouthfeel, and smokey aftertaste. Worth a try, but will not be a regular in my storage.

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Photo of RedHaze
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with golden hoghlights arouns the edges. There's a thick two finger head that fades very slowly to a thick cap that lasts the entire glass, and leaves behind a thick sheeting of lace.

Smell; smokey beef jerky is predominant, as well as a little bit of a wheaty presence, with some malts in the background.

Taste; the smoked meat flavors are there, but not as strong as I was expected from the smell. The wheat beer flavors come out very nicely with a touch of bananas and cloves, along with a good malt presence. This has a sweetness to it that I really did not expect, but I find it balances the smokey flavors, and makes this very drinkable. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth.

This is my first Rauchbier (that I didn't drop) and I'm very impressed. I was expecting the smokey flavors to be so dominant that I wouldn't like it, but it's more complimentary than it is dominant in the flavor department.

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Photo of granger10
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The wheat version of the Schlenkerla beers pours a hazy burgundy color with a huge foamy head which settles to a thin layer above the liquid. Aroma is of hickory and some smoked mozzarella but not near as smoke dominated as the other two Schlenkerla versions I have tried. There's a weizen yeasty base in the smell that really evens the smoke out. Taste begins with lots of weizen like esters. Fruity and almost acidic. Finish is where the smoke really comes out with its woody, smoked cheese characteristic. This was a bit more balanced of a beer and quite drinkable. Probably better to be paired with a smoked chicken rather than any kind of beef.

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Photo of Derek
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I purchased this from the brewery. Mindestens haltbar bis Ende: 8/06.

A: Murky brown; fluffy, slightly off-white head. A little retention and lace. (Colour is closer to a dunkel weizen).

S: Overwhelmingly smokey, with an underlying sweetness (caramel, fruit?). Like a banana that's been caramelized over an open fire. Quite nice.

T: Flavour has a little more depth than the aroma (taste isn't overwhelmed by smoke). It's like a smoked banana bread, with some nobel hop spicyness, and a hint of caramel malt sweetness (it's well balanced).

M: Moderate body is very creamy. Carbonation is moderate.

D: Good, but fairly smokey.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle. Pours out a dark brown color with an amber tint. The head is an off-white color, and although initially large, it fades to a thin layer. The aroma is rich and smoky, although maybe not quite as strong as the Urbock. The flavor is surpisingly crisp. The wheat is noticable, even with all the smokiness. A tad salty. The mouthfeel is lighter than the Urbock or the Marzen, but it goes well with this beer. Great drinkability. A fine choice, either to pair with barbeque or on its own.

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Photo of far333
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, slightly cloudy burnt orange peel color. A huge head rises up thickly, a full inch and a half and settles down veeery slowly. Aroma wafts up strongly, mostly of rich sweet wheat malt and yeast. Flavor is thick and malty upfront, heavy bread and yeast, some ripe apricot and other fleshy fruits. Also a dry champagne nuance and tingle to match. Smoke emerges slowly in the finish and into the lingering aftertaste. Subdued at first, like smoked meats, and then darkening to charred bark. Would like more smoke, and earlier on, but I'm enjoying this one.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark orange amber topped with an impressive frothy pillowy soft khaki hadcap that leaves spotty lace.

A smoked cheese and slight smoked ham with some chimeny in there.

First swigs: Smoky and slightly sweet. Trying to get around the smoke is like trying to get around a mountain on a moped. It is dominant!

Feel is gentle soft with plenty of frothy carbonation. Dry quick clean aftertaste. Just can't go back too quick. The boldness lends to a one trick pony.

Last swigs: I'll be darned if I can discern the difference between all Aecht Schlenkerla beers. They are delicious and bold. This is no exception. One night, I'll have to try all three. If Clara Peller drank this she would ask, "Where's the wheat?"

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Photo of numenor1
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm a long time fan of weizens and rauchbiers but haven't yet tried this...

light brown, darker than a typical weizen. Weizen sized head. Smell whacks with smoked cheese and meats with just a tad of weizen character poking through. I find it impossible not to give any smoked beer a 5(at least Schlenkerla's). Starts of slightly toasty and lightly smokey, then bleeds into soft, sweet weizen character. The marriage is seamless, and through the finish it's really one fully coalesced flavor with some light supporting bitterness. Some very slight banana can be picked out, but the integration is impressive. Carbonation is medium with a medium low, weizen style body. Very drinkable, but this is one I like to take my time with. This is done very well, but I think I prefer either an all out rauchbier or allout weizen, but this is a very nice change of pace. Though, I must say this really makes me wonder about the possibilities of a rauchbier weizenbock...

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Photo of badbeer
2.58/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured a brown color with a creamy head and little lacing. Smell was smoky with a hint of banana and clove. Taste was the same as the smell except the flavors were hidden much more. Mouthfeel was a little thin with a decent amount of carbonation. Drinkability, I didn't really find this to be that drinkable, perhaps it was a bad bottle, I would like to try again and compare.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.52/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a mug. No dates on the labels.

Hazy rust with a light tan head that shows good retention and leaves lots of wispy lace.

Sharp aromas of woody smoke that are quite pleasant and all but cover the sweet malts. Mouthwatering.

The smoke tastes almost meaty and allows for a little more malt than the smell. A bit tangy with some wood in the back. The mouth is a bit above moderate.

A five for drinkability as it tastes and smells so damn good. Pairing this one with smoked meats and cheeses makes for an incredible experience.

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Photo of Goldorak
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A brownish murkyness and greying head.

Smell: Like a strongly smoked salmon rubbed with cracked pepper, or a campfire on a starry summer night. I don't know what kind of wood or peat or whatever it is they use to smoke the malt over in Bamberg, but I am loving every whiff of this one.

Taste: A fantastic balance of refreshing wheatyness and a nice, round malt. Make a barrel out of maplewood, stuff it with bushels of wheat, fill it up with wort and set fire to the bastard, collect whatever liquid you can and ferment it out. It has a very discreet sweetness, and the firewood aftertaste isn't ashy or even very bitter. Great stuff.

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Photo of ohitsbrad
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

15 December 2005, Best Before Apr 06

Dark brown with a medium sized pillowy head, not much lacing. Smoky aromas, but not overpowering as I hade anticipated, since this was my first smoked beer. Tastes of wood smoke, smoked tofu, but still with the noticeable wheaty and slightly fruity characteristics of a weizen. Fairly smooth and gentle mouthfeel. Nice to try something very different.

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Photo of crawfow
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving: 1 pt. 09 FL. OZ. brown bottle straight from Bamberg I would assume. Poured into my clear plastic tasting vessel procured from the 2005 Sunshine Challenge.

A: Pretty clear for a wheat beer. I would assume the grist contains less than 50% wheat. Beautiful copper color.

S: Aroma reminicent of smoked meat with a hint of clove in the background.

T: Initial smoky, bacon flavor which leads to a grainy,wheat malt flavor. Finish is quite acidic and dry. I get a "wet" hop flavor that is unwelcome as well.

M: Somewhat thin for a wheat beer. Again, I think the malt bill included less than 50% wheat malt. I would increase the amount of wheat in this beer to get a creamier sensation.

D: Would pair well with a Thanksgiving smoked turkey and dressing. Very drinkable and very unique.

Overall: An excellent beer from the smoked beer capitol of the world. The body could be a touch heavier and creamier, but who am I to argue with the originators of a classic beer style.

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Photo of phisig137
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was poured from a bottle frsh from the fridge, and in the glass showed a beautiful amber color, with a two finger head that dissapated into a small ring rather quickly.

The aroma of this beer is incredible, even being somewhat of a newcommer to the smoke beer segment. Scents of obviously smoke, bacon, ham, salt, lumber, and pine fill your nose. Have you ever used a REALLY dull drill bit in a piece of pressure treated pine, to the point where it burned and glazed the wood? That's kinda what it smells like.

The taste is equally as impressive. Full bodied, and creamy, with strong sense of smoke and bacon, with a finish that is somewhat tart. Kind of like licking a campfire. It felt a bit thin in my mouth, but I constantly wanted another sip. This beer goes down quick...

I think I may have found a new favorite smoke beer. I can't WAIT to simmer some brats and onions in this beer for an hour before grilling them.... That will make for one incredible BBQ I think.

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Photo of Fish113d
3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle, fridge chilled, into a tulip glass, it pours a dark and hazy oak wood color w/ 1 cm of white, dense, and foamy head that creates a decent surface layer.

Beechwood aroma along with soem slight maltiness. Pale hops aroma maybe, but nothing spectacular.

Taste reminds me of sour grapes up front with a mild beechwood smoke flavor and lots of smokey aftertaste. A bit of sweetness also looms in at the end reminding me of Granny Smith apples.

Feel is medium body and the carbonation is nice along with a smooth body. Smoke gives it character, but this one is just easy to drink. This isn't my favorite style, and I gotta thank my fiance for pouring these down my throat (she loves 'em), but this was okay on a scale of bad to incredible.

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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A unique beer, with a mediumbrown look, with a bit of head. Smoke and wheat aroma, and very smokey initial taste with a sour finish. After several hot spices, it was complementary to the meal. Light mouthfeel, a notch above a watery lager. In a word, smoke.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

After being on a Smoke Beer kick lately, I decided to try this Smoked Weizen. Pours, of course, brown with good head retention. Imediate aromas of smoke fills the area. At closer, detectable notes of pork (almost bacon like). Tastes like country ham. Sweet and mildly salty. Good malt base. The wheat goes mostly undetected, but does add in the viscocity and consistency of the beer. Creamy without thickening. In fact, the thinnest of the three Acht Rauchbiers. Although this one is nice, it's not as firm or bold as the Urbock or Marzen. Still good--like drinking a camp fire.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a reddish color with a massive fluffy white head. The aroma is even more massive than the head. Smoked meat, and jerky. Spicy too. At first the taste is slightly shocking, because it isn't as in your face as the aroma is. But, after a couple sip, it really grows on you. It is smokey with some malty untertones. The mouthfeel is somewhere between medium and thin bodied with nice carbonation. Overll, this is a wonderful beer for a lazy fall afternoon.

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Photo of WesWes
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy dark amber color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a good weizen scent that boasts of bananas and clove as well as a nice smokey aroma. It has a wonderful peated malt scent that balances the weizen aroma. The taste is good. It has a mellow wheat and pale malt flavor as well as a mild smokiness that really makes this beer. It goes down easy and finishes dry and earthy. It retains the fruity character of the weizen, but the smoke tames the banana/clove element. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an awesome beer. I really like the German Rauchbiers. The smokey character really stands out; a good drinker.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
3.91 out of 5 based on 768 ratings.
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